The American Youth Circus Organization (AYCO) is a national 501(c) nonprofit organization. The American Circus Educators Association (ACE) is a branch of AYCO.
To promote the participation of youth in circus arts and support circus educators.
AYCO/ACE provides proactive support for the development of the circus arts education sector.
The power of circus arts to heal trauma, build community and develop individuals is widely understood, and circus arts are extensively employed in therapeutic settings and to address social challenges.
Funders recognize circus arts as a tool for youth development and invest in its advancement.
Circus arts play a significant role in physical and arts education in schools.
Capable circus arts professionals are available to meet industry demands and command respect and fair compensation.
The culture of safety in circus arts is developed and supported.
Circus educators and organizations are connected, engaged, and linked to resources and institutions that can help them pursue excellence in circus education.
Youth circus participants are connected,
engaged, and linked to resources and institutions that can help them pursue their chosen pathway in circus.